Alcohol rehab is a residential treatment facility that helps people with alcohol addiction. Alcohol rehab teaches people skills for abstinence from alcohol and other mood-altering substances. They will often treat drug abuse, marijuana abuse, prescription drug abuse, as well as co-occurring disorders – or dual diagnosis.
Alcoholism is a chronic disease where the body and mind become dependent on the consumption of alcohol. To determine whether you or someone you know may be affected by alcoholism, consider the following indications of alcohol abuse. Alcoholism gives the impression that you must have alcohol in your system in order to function throughout the day, along with the inability to control your intake. Regardless of how your drinking may seriously damage important factors of your life, such as relationships, work, finances, health and safety, you may feel overpowered by your inclinations to drink. In the face of confrontation, most people tend to deny alcohol abuse or try to conceal their drinking problem.
Signs of alcohol abuse
- Feeling a strong need to drink
- Feeling unable to control the amount of alcohol you drink
- Making a ritual of drinking a certain times in the day, such as before/after work, before/during/after dinner, or before bed
- Feeling irritable when your drinking ritual is interrupted or when alcohol is not available
- Feeling irritated when questioned about your drinking habits or the amount you drink
- Drinking alone often
- Drinking in secret
- Hiding alcohol around the house, garage, car, or at work
- Experiencing a loss of interest in social activities or hobbies that were once pleasurable
- Becoming forgetful or not remembering conversations or dates
- Intentionally drinking in excess in order to become intoxicated so you can feel “good” or “normal”
- Developing a tolerance to alcohol, requiring you to exponentially increase the amount you must drink in order to become intoxicated
- Having physical withdrawal symptoms if you do not drink, such as shaking, sweating, or nausea
- Experiencing a loss of emotion or concern with faced with adversity or tough issues involving relationships, legal problems, financial troubles, or problems at work
Alcoholism is a disease. However, this disease is treatable. People who believe they have a problem with alcohol should seek professional counseling and medical treatment prescribed by a physician, as well as commit to an alcohol support group or therapy. Typically, victims of alcoholism are not likely to seek professional help on their own, and they often need to be motivated by an Intervention.
There are resources that can help alcohol abusers feel more confident in seeking help and feel less afraid or ashamed:
- Alcoholics Anonymous is the most well-known 12-step program, and it helps communally support alcoholics and overcome their dependence on alcohol.
- Residential clinics engage patients in both individual and group therapy, participation in support groups, educational training, family therapy sessions, work and recreational activities, monitoring by trained medical physicians and most importantly – abstinence.
- Residential programs help individuals struggling with alcoholism through detoxification, medical, psychological, and psychiatric treatment, withdrawal experiences and abstinence acceptance, medically prescribed drug treatment and continued support.